14,000 acres in production | corn, dryland wheat, dryland milo | farming since 1994
James grew up on a family farm, and returned to run that farm after high school. In 2006, he shifted from conventional tillage to strip till farming, leaving more residue than he had in the past. “Residue has become key to moisture conservation,” he said. “It’s also more economical to farm this way,” he added. “Before, it took three to four passes to till, and now we can do it in one pass,” he explained.
When Pacific Ag contacted James in 2013, there was not much residue being baled in the area, so it was not something James was necessarily looking for. “The biomass plant generated an opportunity, though, and I got onboard pretty quickly,” he said. “I was a little reluctant, so I started Pacific Ag on just a few of my acres. It soon turned into everything they could bale,” he said.
“I was one of the first ones down here to work with Pacific Ag to bale residue. I can see the benefits of it,” James said. “Our wheat yields were better this year because of it.”